Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Integral Risk Equalisation files
Integrale Risicoverevening bestanden (RVE)

Health and Performance
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Country Netherlands
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Contact information

Department of Health and Health Care
Statistics Netherlands
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Phone: Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Email: info(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data is collected annually. Preliminary data is released 12 months after collection. Final database is published 24 months after collection.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method


Access to data

Data cannot be downloaded directly.

Conditions of access

Access to data requires: (1) Access fee (2) official authorisation (CCS) (3) authorisation of register holder (CVZ)


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

Documentation is only available in Dutch.


Data was collected between 2006 and 2009; data collection is ongoing and is scheduled to continue at some point in the future. It is an integral observation of the Dutch population.


Not applicable

Not applicable

Entire Dutch population

No age restrictions

Detailed study of: Dispensed medicines, ATC-classification.


Linkable to other person databases through anonymised personal number.

Data quality

Data entry errors

Breaks related to changes in medicine reimbursement rules in the Health Insurance Law (Zvw)

ATC-classification is subject to minor yearly adjustments


Strengths: The registry provides integral data. Weaknesses: The volumes are not reliably registered.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Frank P. Pijpers
  • (see Partners)